Former US Open Champion and World No. 1 Andy Roddick returned to live tennis commentary via Periscope. While Roddick commentated on both the Serena Williams/Vania King and Juan Martin del Potro/Steve Johnson second round matches, it was a comment he made when answering a question about Nick Kyrgios that generated a lot of response, at least on my own Twitter response timeline after I posted the comment.
While I don’t remember the actual question, this is what Roddick said about Kyrgios.
After posting this, I received many responses to it. Debates about Kyrgios and his personality are nothing new.
The first time I ever saw Andy Roddick play live was in 2002 at the U.S. Open when he took on Juan Ignacio Chela in the fourth round. Yes it was that match during the “visor” days when Roddick, in the middle of one point, made some spectacular saves before hitting a final running winner that sent him over to the sidelines where he then proceeded to high-five anyone close enough to him.
It was my first Roddick moment. Continue reading
We haven’t heard a whole lot from Andy Roddick since the end of last season, except perhaps on his new sports radio show with Bobby Bones that has earned Roddick kudos and some attention as a possible sports announcer when his tennis career ends. And though Roddick has kept a low profile at the start of this month leading up to next week’s Australian Open, Roddick’s appearance at a press event for the AAMI Kooyong Classic earned him more attention not for what he said, but for his new look. Continue reading
Andy Roddick Poses for Lacoste at Bloomingdale's in New York (Barnard/Getty/LacosteUSA)
Andy Roddick took time from his off-season to kick off another season, this one being the holidays. Roddick stopped by Bloomingdale’s on 59th street in New York City yesterday to promote his sponsor LACOSTE while signing autographs and gear for fans on hand. Continue reading
For Andy Roddick, who has shouldered the burden of being for a long time not only the top American male player but also, for lack of a better phrase, “American Men’s Tennis”, 2010 has been something of a turning point, for better and worse. Despite having a decent run this spring getting to the finals of Indian Wells and winning Miami, beating Rafael Nadal in the process, many thought Roddick had an excellent chance to succeed later in the summer in the Grand Slams. But instead of continuing with his aggressive play that saw him use his once feared forehand more often as if by instinct, Roddick has lately reverted back to a more passive backcourt style that many, including his former Davis Cup coach Patrick McEnroe, have viewed as a step backwards. Continue reading
Ever since the Atlanta Tennis Championships announced its return to the ATP tour, one player has been on the event’s wish list for quite some time. However, when the initial round of confirmed players was announced, Andy Roddick, who won his first ATP title in Atlanta back in 2001, was not among them. Not to be discouraged, the event used the power of social media to get Roddick’s attention that the city and its avid tennis fans wanted to see him. Well, like those that wanted the former “Golden Girl” Betty White to have her moment on the Saturday Night Live stage, it looks like Atlanta will too get its wish. Continue reading
Although Andy Roddick will probably be the first to admit he played too passively through most of his shocking five set loss to unheralded Yen-Hsun Lu in the Round of 16 of Wimbledon, more than anything it was Roddick’s inability to make inroads into Lu’s service games at key moments that will haunt the American for some time. Sure Roddick hit a backhand pass winner to break Lu in the first set, but why couldn’t Roddick string together a few more points like that especially when Lu seemed vulnerable in the final games of the fifth set when Lu kept missing first serves? Roddick’s tactics will be debated for some time but this loss, along with the epic win by John Isner last week, proves once again the return of serve is the Achilles heel of U.S. men’s tennis. Continue reading
Filed under ATP, Wimbledon